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how to make mandarin orange salad with candied Almonds

Mandarin Salad

Course Salad
Cuisine American, Chinese
Keyword Candied Almonds, Easy salad, Mandarin Orange Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 193 kcal
Author Cindy Hopper


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 T red wine vinegar
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt I use Kosher
  • 1 dash Tabasco pepper sauce
  • 1 T chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 T sugar for candied almonds
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 7 handfuls lettuce or mixed greens
  • 1 can mandarin oranges drained


  1. Mix the first 6 ingredients in a small bowl or jar. I think it is best to make this dressing ahead of time to allow the flavors to come together and fully get the sugar dissolved. Shake well before dressing the lettuce.

  2. Gather items to make candied almonds

  3. In a dry skillet place 3 T sugar and heat over medium heat. As soon as you see any of the sugar melting add in 1/2 cup slivered almonds. The sugar will turn to syrup and coat the almonds. As soon as you see the slightest color change on the almonds– remove from heat. The almonds will continue cooking and it is very easy to burn them. Sometimes when I make these I get more of a crystallized looking coating. It doesn’t matter—it is all good!

  4. Toss lettuce (mixed greens) with dressing, a regular sized can of drained mandarin oranges and the candied almonds. Serve immediately after dressing the salad.

Nutrition Facts
Mandarin Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Sodium 200mg9%
Potassium 140mg4%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 345IU7%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.